How to use different effect paints at home

If you want to get a designer look in your home without spending a lot of money, all you need is a lick of paint. You can easily achieve a premium look for less with the wide variety of effect paints that are quickly growing in popularity.

What is effect paint?

Whether you want to personalise your walls, revive some old furniture or modernise a dated countertop, there is an effect paint to suit your project. There are loads of finishes and textures on the market that can make a big impact. From metallic and stone to glass frosting and crackle effects, they’re a quick and cost effective way to completely transform the style of your home.

Dulux Design effect finishes include:
• Metal shimmer effect star masquerade
• Pearl effect moon gleam
• Stainless steel effect
• Stone effect dreamstone white
• Suede effect spellbound black
• Concrete effect pale elements
• Copper patina effect
• Gold effect caramel glow
• Metallic effect silver spoon
• Rust effect

Surface preparation

Before starting any paint project, it’s important that you prepare the surface to get the finish you want. Start by removing any dust and cleaning any dirt or stains to help the paint stick better. Hide any gaps, cracks or dents with fillers. Then sand back for a smoother surface. You should also apply an undercoat, depending on your surface and the type of paint you’re using.

In some cases, you can use imperfections to your advantage. For example, if you’re going for an aged look, instead of sanding bumps or filling any dents, you could keep that texture and simply paint over them. It all depends on the style you want.

Effect paints for walls

Whether you’re painting a feature wall or the whole home, effect paint can turn a plain old wall into something extraordinary. And with loads of metallic, stone and suede paint effects to choose from, it’s easy to get an impressive result.

When it comes to metallics, there are plenty of options. Create an industrial look with a metal shimmer effect or if you want something more rustic there are coppers. Stainless steel gives a sleek, stylish appearance to walls and trims. While a shimmering gold finish will add a touch of luxury. 

You can create a rich textural look with a range of stone paint effects. Make a statement in your living room, bedroom or study with polished concrete. Give your space some architectural style with the earthy feel of weathered natural stone. Or glam it up with the stunning lustre of natural pearl. 

There are also suede paints for a plush, velvety look and feel. It’s a great way to bring texture and sophistication to any room. You can even turn walls into blackboards for your kids to get creative with chalkboard paints.

There are also textured paints, which are ideal for exterior walls. It’s a great way to get a rendered look without the hassle and mess.

Effect paints for furniture

Instead of buying new furniture, you can upcycle old furniture like mirrors, picture frames, chairs, coffee tables, and even pots. With so many effect spray paints on the market, the possibilities are endless. It’s a great way to add a touch of luxury or your personal style to any room.

You can give wooden furniture a luxurious marble or granite look for an affordable price. Introduce some stylish flair with a great range of metallics for pendants, picture frames or furniture. If you prefer a vintage look, there are crackle effects that can create a timeless look in no time at all. 

You can even patch up whitegoods, like fridges and dishwashers with appliance white sprays. And for semi-transparent finishes on windows, there are frosted glass options. You can even make surfaces reflective with a mirror effect.

Effect paints for countertops

Instead of spending a lot of money replacing dated benchtops, countertops or tiles, give them a new, glossy stone finish with benchtop and countertop transformations. It’s a quick and easy, cost-effective way to revive old or worn surfaces. In just one weekend, you can completely transform the look of your kitchen or laundry. 

Effect paints for floors

Give damaged or worn floors an instant upgrade with metallic floor transformations. It’s a simple and affordable way to make a big difference to your home. The best thing is that you can get it done in a day.

There are also floor coatings for garages. Whether you want a glossy, metallic or flecked look, it’s a great way to cover dirty, greasy or stained floors for a stunning, showroom quality finish that lasts. 

Ready to paint?

Start transforming your home with effect paint today or check out more new and innovative products.

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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